Portland is known for its inventive culinary scene, so it’s no wonder that Portland kids enjoy menu offerings beyond the always expected chicken tenders and fries. Tickle your tots’ taste buds with these adventurous meals that will please even the most particular palates. Read on for 9 restaurants putting a fresh and flavorful spin on the traditional kids menu.

If a little spice is your thing, you’ll love the bright pop of flavors and heat at Smallwares. Billed as “inauthentic Asian” cuisine, this hip restaurant on Fremont offers innovative small plates for sharing. You might find cured duck breast with pickled mustard seed and shiso, or fried kale with candied bacon, fish sauce and mint. Need to tone down the spice? The Small-Ones menu lets kids customize rice or noodles with vegetarian dashi, broth, egg, chicken and veggies for their own culinary masterpiece.

4605 NE Fremont St.
Online: smallwarespdx.com

photo: Tri Le via flickr

Who has your favorite kids menu in Portland? Let us know in the comments below!

—Anna Doogan